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News: Bloodsucking Fly Infestation Spreads Across Britain, Health Officials Warn

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May 15, 2018 by Chris Chapman

Blandford Fly Bites Cause Swollen Joints, Blisters, and Fever

Britain has been issued a health warning by experts about the danger of the spread of bloodsucking flies this summer, a bite from which can cause blisters, swelling, and fevers.

The Blandford fly normally lives in warmer climates and the south of England, but rising summer temperatures means that sightings right across Britain have dramatically increased this year. A bite from a Blandford fly can become swollen and result in severe blisters and fevers, prompting NHS officials to issue the warning.


Streams and riverbanks are the most at-risk areas

The flies live close to rivers, streams, and other bodies of water, meaning they usually swarm close to the ground where they land on the legs and ankles of passers-by to feed. As they are so small (around 2-3mm long), Blandford flies can be hard to spot, meaning people spending time near bodies of water are advised to use insect repellent and keep legs and ankles covered. Anyone who lives near a river or stream should consider using electric fly killers and fly paper around the bottom of their doors to keep the flies from entering.


How to Prevent Blandford Fly Bites

  • Keep legs and ankles covered when near water
  • Cover any exposed skin with insect repellent
  • If you live near water, use an electric fly killer to prevent the flies from gathering near or inside your house

What to do if You’re Bitten by a Blandford Fly

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    Blisters on the legs and ankles are common symptoms of a Blandford fly bite

    Don’t scratch the bite

  • Gently clean the bite with disinfectant and dry carefully
  • Use a cold compress for joint inflammation. Elevate and rest any swollen joints if possible
  • Cover blisters with a dry dressing to prevent infection
  • If symptoms don’t go away in 3 days, or if you feel more severely ill, seek medical advice


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